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- what we do and your local services
- events
and news, when we have some (including HS2 construction matters)

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Latest website updates: Agenda for the parish council meeting on 30 November and news item regarding traffic delays (updated 20 November).

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:
* Councillors are aware of many acts of support being provided or offered by parishioners to those more vulnerable in the village. Please remain attentive to others' needs at this difficult time. However, if you are in need of support or if you are aware of someone without vital support, please let us know.
* Social media can play an important role during these difficult times, particularly with offers of assistance. Many of our parishioners message on www.nextdoor.co.uk
* The Thursday ABILITY community bus service has restarted - face masks being compulsory.
* The parish church remains closed (see the News item dated 15 June) apart from the duration of services which resumed in September.
* A leaflet advising support assistance from the county and district councils can be accessed from the News item dated 3 May 2020 on this website.
* Recycling centres have limited operations. See the News item dated 7 May.

LATEST HS2 CONSTRUCTION NEWS (last updated 17 November 2020)
The bell mouth entrance to the HS2 Magpie works compound is being formed. Water is being laid to the site from Banbury Road during the three weeks commencing 23 November, necessitating part-time traffic lights on the Banbury Road.
HS2 will be planting 5500 trees over a hectare of land immediately north of the village, east of Banbury Lane, in late March 2021. The primary purpose is to screen the railway.

THE LATEST GENERAL NEWS ITEMS ARE SHOWN BELOW. EARLIER NEWS ITEMS CAN BE FOUND AT THE 'NEWS' BUTTON IN THE LEFT HAND MARGIN ABOVE.

Latest News

Village Road Safety Improvements And Traffic Delays

Thanks to specific funding by the HS2 Road Safety Fund, Northamptonshire Highways are scheduled to carry out footway and drainage construction works at Banbury Lane for three weeks commencing 30 November. This will necessitate closure of the road at all times for up to three weeks.

The works will extend the existing footpath from the lay-by near the entrance into the village to the frontages of the properties accessed outside Orchard House. Works include installing the new section of footpath, drainage and refreshing the road markings within the vicinity of the works.
In the new year, the same HS2 fund will be financing the provision of vehicle activated speed signs at both ends of Banbury Lane in the village.

Posted: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:48 by Maurice Cole

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Ian Durham has kindly supplied the attached photograph of the wreath recently placed on the parish boundary between Lower Thorpe and the Magpie buildings.
The wreath marks the location where a Wellington bomber aircraft crashed. It came from the RAF's wartime Operational Training Unit number 12 at Chipping Warden airfield. The aircraft clipped a beech tree on Thorpe's northern boundary with Culworth, on 20 October 1943 with the loss of five lives. It was on a night-time training exercise and crashed at 22.54 hrs after overshooting the airfield and turning back. The aircraft crashed into Culworth Grounds' field almost opposite Chumscote House, formerly Black Cottages. A wreath has been placed on the site annually for many years by a former resident of Black Cottages where he witnessed the crash as a young boy.
Lest we forget, there is a memorial in the church marking the death of six parishioners whose lives were taken in the two world wars.

Posted: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:41 by Maurice Cole

Village Defibrillator

Stuart and Charlotte Pickwick and David Wright

The village now has a public-access defibrillator, kindly donated by the Brackley based charity 'Do It For Defib'.
Situated by the village hall entrance, it is accessed by dialling 999 on your phone and inputting the code provided by the operator, so pen and paper may be needed. Opening the defibrillator will start the verbal operating instructions. Please take a look to ensure you know where it is in case of an emergency.
David Wright has kindly agreed to undertake the maintenance routine. David can access the defibrillator and being a former NHS responder, it is recommended to contact him as well as dialling 999. His phone numbers are 01295 711013 and 07557 140289.
The defibrillator will be maintained by the parish council and it is hoped to arrange a training session for parishioners early in the new year, coronavirus permitting.
The above photograph: Stuart and Charlotte Pickwick from the 'Do It For Defib' charity and David Wright.

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 19:44 by Maurice Cole

Thorpe Events

NOVEMBER 30: Parish Council meeting by Zoom online conferencing facility at 7.00pm. All parishioners are welcome to join the link; joining details will be shown on the formal agenda for the meeting provided on this website and on the village noticeboards.

Note: As customary, no ordinary parish council meeting is held in December.

DECEMBER 6: Holy Communion service 11.00am. All are welcome at the service; there is no need to have been confirmed. Reverend Nick Leggett will officiate. Please remember to bring your face mask. Masks are currently mandatory for all church services.

DECEMBER 24: The customary carol service has not been scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The position will be kept under review to see if some form of carol service can be held depending on the regulations and guidelines at that time.

DECEMBER 25:Christmas Day Holy Communion service 11.00am. All are welcome at the service; there is no need to have been confirmed. Reverend Carolyn Oley will officiate. Please remember to bring your face mask. Masks are currently mandatory for all church services.

Contacting us

Please use this link to contact us by email. The Council operates a policy of transparency and all correspondence with the Parish Clerk or Parish Councillors may be disclosed at a public meeting of the parish council. Additionally, information contained in all correspondence may be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or other legislation and therefore confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Website accessibility

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Disclaimer and copyright

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